Samsung launches Mixed Talents campaign to solve youth unemployment

15:53 PM (3 Hours ago) CSI
Samsung Electronics South Africa has launched its Mixed Talents campaign today, which aims to find a solution to one of the country’s most pressing social problems – youth unemployment.

Cracking the SA comedy scene

15:39 PM (3 Hours ago) Editorial Desk
The South African stand-up comedy industry is a tough one to crack. And it’s even tougher to make money out of a career in comedy. Unless you’re Trevor Noah of course.

Three heavy hitters join Times Media

15:27 PM (3 Hours ago) People on the Move

Times Media has announced three new appointments to its newspapers and magazine supplements.

Ad blockers; yay or nay?

14:47 PM (4 Hours ago) Advertising News

The Washington Post’s decision to block readers who utilise ad blocking software should be applauded – not vilified – by consumers of online content, online content providers and online advertisers, says Hellocomputer’s digital media director, Klaus Germann.

KFC Add(s) Hope this World Hunger Month

14:24 PM (4 Hours ago) Publicity News

In a country fighting a legacy of poverty, a child dies every 15 seconds due to a lack of essential nutrients and being underweight, and KFC aims to reduce this number with their new Add Hope TV advert.  

In-store advertising is a win for bottle stores

14:16 PM (5 Hours ago) Marketing News
Moving Tactics, a local digital signage solutions company, has been working with liquor brands and liquor retailers such as Pick n Pay Liquor, Ultra Liquors and Makro’s Liquor division to put in place digital in-store marketing campaigns and strategies.

Facebook Ads 101

14:03 PM (5 Hours ago) Opinion
Facebook advertising is different to other ways of advertising because companies can get their ads to just the right people. Marketers can choose the audiences for their adverts, and can reach them at any time and on any device. So says social media marketing expert, Julia Rhodes. 

Relativ Media outgrows Grass Roots Media

14:01 PM (5 Hours ago) Advertising Profile
Specialising in multiple out-of-home (OOH) formats, both traditional and non-traditional, Grass Roots Media has announced that the business will be re-branded as Relativ Media as from October 2015. 

The King James Group nabs 10 African Cristal Festival Awards

13:39 PM (5 Hours ago) Awards
The King James Group has once again been named African Advertising Agency of the Year at the annual African Cristal Festival, as well as several other awards. 

NATIVE VML gives back along with global VML offices

13:33 PM (5 Hours ago) CSI

NATIVE VML closed its doors on Wednesday, 30 September, along with 25 VML offices around the globe for worldwide Foundation Day. 

marcusbrewster’s Nicole Spruijt presented with two Chartered Secretaries awards

13:32 PM (5 Hours ago) Awards
Integrated PR firm marcusbrewster is pleased to announce that Nicole Spruijt, senior account manager – Johannesburg, was presented with two awards at the 2015 graduation ceremony of the Chartered Secretaries of Southern Africa (CSSA).

MEC makes OOH media safer

13:31 PM (5 Hours ago) Advertising News
MEC Nota Bene - an agency focused on integrated communication in channel strategy, planning and buying - has partnered with Vodacom to oversee and implement the media giant’s health and safety initiatives in the out-of-home (OOH) media space.

BIC Boy goes on an educational roadshow

13:27 PM (5 Hours ago) CSI
For the fourth consecutive year, BIC will embark on its school roadshow, and this year, the stationery brand will continue its efforts towards improving the quality of education in our schools with the message: ‘If You Can Dream It, You Can Be It’. 

Watershed joins Southern Sun Waterfront to mark launch of new album

13:23 PM (5 Hours ago) Entertainment
South African acoustic rock band, Watershed, and Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Waterfront hotel hosted a private gig to mark the launch of the ensemble’s latest album, Watch the Rain

Cheers to NATIVE VML and Chivas Regal

13:17 PM (6 Hours ago) New Accounts

NATIVE VML has been appointed as the lead agency for whiskey brand Chivas Regal South Africa after a two-way pitch for the account. Chivas Regal, is one of the two strategic global icon brands within Pernod Ricard and is available in 150 markets globally.

Shoprite and CANSA raise more than R1-million

12:18 PM (7 Hours ago) CSI
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and Shoprite Checkers have a long-standing relationship that stretches over more than a decade, and this year the retailer raised a total of R1 059 550 through their in-store Cuppa Events.

Disney announces season two of Star Wars Rebels

12:10 PM (7 Hours ago) Entertainment
The second season of the animated series Star Wars Rebels, based on the Star Wars series, launches this month with a double episode length special; The Siege of Lothal.

Limpopo newspaper growth is good news for advertisers

12:02 PM (7 Hours ago) Advertising News

In contrast to daily and Sunday publications, local Limpopo newspapers’ growth have bucked the downward trend. Based on the latest ABC’s Total Circulation Q2 April – June 2014 versus the 2015 figures, the sold national newspaper declined by 8% on average.   

Zig Zag and Urban Brew join forces

11:52 AM (7 Hours ago) Media News
UK independent TV Production Company, Zig Zag Productions, has announced a co-production agreement with South African producer and content creator, Urban Brew Studios.

Organisers announce more acts for 2015 Euphoria Music Festival line-up

11:38 AM (7 Hours ago) Entertainment
For the local debut year of international music festival Euphoria Music Festival, the organisers have announced a line-up that includes Euphonik, Kyle Watson, Desmond & The Tutus and Matthew Mole and 12 other South African artists.

Ross Jack self medicates with new album

11:23 AM (7 Hours ago) Entertainment

For the last months of 2014 and the first half of 2015, Johannesburg-based recording artist, Ross Jack has been working and recording for his sophomore release, Self Medicated, due out on Friday, 30 October.

Introducing the Association of African Exhibition Organisers

11:01 AM (8 Hours ago) Interviews
Exhibitions play a significant role in promoting trade in Africa as well as attracting foreign investment to the continent. Surely such a powerful platform would need some sort of credible governing body to help regulate and build the industry? The Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) was launched earlier this year in response to this need.

Vega hosts inaugural TEDx talk evening

9:45 AM (9 Hours ago) Advertising News

The Vega School of Brand leadership hosted its inaugural TEDx talk evening to a packed auditorium of industry influencers, students, parents and the general public. TEDxVega 2015 is set to become an annual feature on the schools calendar.

Facebook brings it instead of buffering

9:20 AM (10 Hours ago) Social Media News
People are going online at a staggering rate in emerging markets and, in most cases, are doing so on mobile via 2G connections. Chris Marra and Alex Sourov from Facebook explain how Facebook maximises users’ connections for a better experience. 

Thandokazi Hlwatika joins The Fort

15:49 PM (Yesterday) People on the Move
Thandokazi Hlwatika has been appointed as the new account manager at brand and content agency The Fort.  

Woolworths tackles food security at schools

15:31 PM (Yesterday) CSI

Woolworths is setting out to make a difference for World Food Day, on Friday, 16 October. With a number of initiatives aimed at learners, Woolworths is focusing on creating awareness about food security and integrating sustainable living skills into the school’s curriculum.

Repositioning your brand like a Ninja

15:04 PM (Yesterday) Opinion
Changing your logo and colour palette is what marketers traditionally call “rebranding” however to truly take a brand and reposition it properly there are 6 fundamental elements that need to be taken into account and addressed, says Selvan Naidoo, CEO of Marketing2theMax.

Red Carpet Concepts awarded the La Petite Ferme PR account

14:57 PM (Yesterday) New Accounts
Franschhoek-based wine estate, La Petite Ferme has awarded Cape Town-based bespoke PR agency, Red Carpet Concepts (RCC) with its public relations, marketing, social media, new website development and events management portfolio. 

Al Jazeera meets Guantanamo Bay's youngest prisoner

14:50 PM (Yesterday) Media News

Premiering on Thursday, 8 October on Al Jazeera, Growing Up Guantanamo is the story of Asadullah Rahman, who spent 17 months detained in Guantanamo Bay as a terrorist when he was just ten years old. He was the youngest to have ever served time there.

Miners Shot Down nominated for an Emmy

14:47 PM (Yesterday) Awards
The harrowing documentary Miners Shot Down - which was recently released on VIDI - has scored an International Emmy Award nomination in the Best Documentary category. 

Time to SHINE for Girls & Boys Town

14:45 PM (Yesterday) CSI

The planned expenditure of over R26-million raised for Girls & Boys Town (GBT) by South Africa’s celebrated charity event, The 702 Sun International CEO SleepOut, has been approved by the partners of The 702 Sun International CEO SleepOut and The CEO SleepOut Trust.

Hunter’s deserts their traditional TVC concept

14:15 PM (Yesterday) Advertising News

Hunter’s has moved beyond its traditional desert scene in the recently released Global Love television commercial. 140 BBDO creative directors Alexis Beckett and Liam Olding say that clinking a Hunter’s can connect anyone, anywhere.

Cultivate Communications: Where PR meets strategic thinking

14:15 PM (Yesterday) In Focus
For Rebecca Cronje, the success of your PR efforts comes down to one thing: good, strategic thinking. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning ideas, engineering outcomes or simply answering questions. Strategic, long-term thinking is vital. These are not just words for her either. Cronje built a business around it.

It’s time to reconsider brand loyalty

14:03 PM (Yesterday) Marketing News
The consumer landscape is becoming increasingly challenging in South Africa and loyalty is still declining, largely because we consume the brands we are loyal to but less frequently.

Egg-cellent nominees named for 2015 Galliova Food and Health Writers’ Awards

13:39 PM (Yesterday) Awards

After much deliberation over what the judges described as ‘outstanding food writing’ and ‘excellent presentations’, the finalists in the 2015 Galliova Food and Health Writers’ Awards have been announced.

ETIKET nabs four Pendoring finalists

11:35 AM (Yesterday) Awards

By taking no fewer than four Pendoring finalists this year, the agency once again proven that it succeeds in its mission to create exceptional and memorable work.

PR; beyond the press release

11:13 AM (Yesterday) Editorial Desk

The days of the ‘one size fits all’ press release are long dead. If your PR firm hasn’t entered the realm of digital, soon your business will be a goner too. Carol Gallarelli, MD of Ogilvy PR in Cape Town says it’s imperative that PR agencies ‘get’ the complexity of the modern media environment. Question is; does yours?

Save time, bank with FNB

10:50 AM (Yesterday) Advertising News

FNB has announced the launch of its latest marketing campaign to encourage digital banking via its innovative platforms. The campaign revolves around the concept of time and cost saving when banking digitally. 

Thousands enjoy local and international acts at Vodacom In The City 2015

10:13 AM (Yesterday) Entertainment

Despite the sweltering heat, thousands of music-lovers turned up for Vodacom In The City on Sunday, 4 October. Kicking off the summer festival season with a new daytime format, festival attendees came prepared with blankets, umbrellas and picnics for a day at Emmarentia Dam.

Trevor Noah breaks Comedy Central records

9:30 AM (Yesterday) Entertainment
Comedy Central achieved record ratings for the TV premiere of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

JHB Street Mag turns pink for October

9:04 AM (Yesterday) CSI

This October, Street Mag Media has gone pink. The website has been transformed with accents of pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Story Book Theatre brings fairy tales to life

8:31 AM (Yesterday) Entertainment
Once upon a time, a long long time ago, there was a fairy tale that delighted children across the world. In another time, not so long ago, there were seven fairy tales delighting children at the Peoples Theatre in Johannesburg.

Rugby World Cup 2015 is on our Twitter minds, says SPARK Media

6:43 AM (Yesterday) Social Media News
With detailed online insights provided by SPARK Media, Twitter feeds show that South African citizens are passionate about rugby. Since the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, there have been 486 103 global posts on Twitter and counting. 

Brand Union announces Vega’s Creative Union Award winners

15:59 PM (2 Days ago) Awards
Brand Union, sponsor and organizer of the Creative Union Awards, has announced its 2015 winners. Nic Andrews, Amber Egner, Scott Williams and Chané Keyser, students at Vega School of Brand Leadership. received the award for their standout solution to the Castle Lite through-the-line campaign brief. 

Publicis Africa Group dominates African Cristal Awards

15:15 PM (2 Days ago) Awards
Publicis Africa Group upped the ante at the African Cristal Awards when it scooped African Network of the Year and walked away with 16 medals (including 1 gold) and had 50 pieces shortlisted.

Here comes the bride(s)

14:47 PM (2 Days ago) Entertainment

From a naked bride (and groom) to a steam punk wedding, complete with an owl as the ring bearer, Four Weddings South Africa will see 32 brides push the limit and overstep boundries when it comes to their special day.

The next AMASA Forum asks: Who owns the idea?

14:41 PM (2 Days ago) Marketing News
With the AMASA Awards around the corner (Thursday, 22 October) and Cannes Lions now behind us, we’re all looking for opportunities to enter awards. But come awards season and submission time – the questions arises - Who’s idea really is it?

The winelands head to Johannesburg for WineX 2015

14:13 PM (2 Days ago) Events

RMB WineX, now in its 16th year, will take place between Wednesday, 28 and Friday, 30 October at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Get ready for the second season of Forced Love

14:08 PM (2 Days ago) Media News
Three couples. Two generations. Many complications. The second season of Forced Love follows the tremendous success of the first season which was based on the Shakespearian comedy, Taming of the Shrew. It airs from Friday, 9 October 2015 at 20:30 on SABC1.

Catch hip hop's best at the BET Awards

13:35 PM (2 Days ago) Awards

The BET Hip Hop Awards broadcasting on BET, DStv channel 129, on Saturday, 17 October, has been the number one hip hop-themed telecast on television for six consecutive years.

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